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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Kings 3:6-19

Jehoram has no sooner got the sceptre into his hand than he takes the sword into his hand, to reduce Moab. Crowns bring great cares and perils to the heads that wear them; no sooner in honour than in war. Now here we have, I. The concerting of this expedition between Jehoram king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah. Jehoram levied an army (2 Kgs. 3:6), and such an opinion he had of the godly king of Judah that, 1. He courted him to be his confederate: Wilt thou go with me against Moab? And... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Kings 3:7

And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, the king of Moab hath rebelled against me ,.... By refusing to pay him tribute: wilt thou go up with me against Moab to battle? and he said, I will go up ; which he agreed to, partly to encourage in the reformation of religion which he had begun, and partly to chastise the Moabites for their invasion of his country, 2 Chronicles 20:1 . I am as thou art, my people as thy people, and my horses as thy horses ; the same... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Kings 3:7

My people as thy people - We find that Jehoshaphat maintained the same friendly intercourse with the son, as he did with the father. See 1 Kings 22:4 . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 3:1-27

THE GENERAL CHARACTER OF JEHORAM 'S REIGN OVER ISRAEL ; HIS WAR WITH MOAB . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 3:4-12

Forgetting God, and its results. We see from these verses how very partial was Jehoram's reformation. He put away the image of Baal, but he experienced no change of heart. Outward observances of religion, outward conformity to God's Law, are of little use, if the heart is not right within. Observe how Jehoram shows his entire forgetfulness or disregard of God. I. BY HIS MUSTERING OF THE PEOPLE . The King of Moab had risen in rebellion against him. What is Jehoram's first act?... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 3:4-27

THE WAR WITH MOAB . The historian goes back to the origin of the war. He had already, in 2 Kings 1:1 , mentioned the revolt of Moab at the death of Ahab; but he now recalls his readers' attention to the fact, and to some extent explains it and accounts for it. Moab had been treated oppressively—had been forced to pay an extraordinarily heavy tribute—and was in a certain sense driven into rebellion ( 2 Kings 1:4 , 2 Kings 1:5 ). Jehoram, when he came to the kingdom, determined to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 3:6-8

The alliance of the three kings. No time was to be lost, if the King of Israel was to check the progress of this formidable rebel, who, from the inscription on his stone, appears to have had some remarkable successes. I. JEHORAM 'S PROPOSAL . 1. Jehoram's first step was to muster for the expedition the whole army of Israel. His trust was in chariots and horses. How little they could do for him, apart from God's help, was soon to be made manifest. 2. He next sent a message to... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 3:6-12

Faith and unfaith tested by danger and difficulty. Jehoshaphat and Jehoram are associates, allies, brothers-in-arms. They are united in one cause, have one object, one aim. And they fall into one and the same danger and difficulty. A failure of water at the spot where they had fully expected to find it brings them and their armies into peril of almost instant destruction. But how differently are they affected under the same circumstances! Jehoram at once despairs, sees no way out of the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 3:6-12

Worldly rulers-men in trial seeking help from a godly man. "And King Jehoram went out of Samaria the same time, and numbered all Israel," etc. I. Here we have WORLDLY RULERS IN GREAT TRIAL . "And King Jehoram went out of Samaria the same time, and numbered all Israel. And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the King of Judah, saying, The King of Moab hath rebelled against me." The revolt of Moab threatened the ruin of Jehoram and his empire, and he, smitten with alarm, numbers,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Kings 3:7

And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the King of Judah, saying. Jehoshaphat had originally allied himself with Ahab, and had cemented the alliance by a marriage between his eldest son, Jehoram, and Athaliah, Ahab's daughter ( 2 Kings 8:18 ; 2 Chronicles 18:1 ). He had joined Ahab in his attack on the Syrians at Ramoth-Gilead ( 1 Kings 22:4-36 ), and had thereby incurred the rebuke of Jehu the son of Hanani ( 2 Chronicles 19:2 ). This, however, had net prevented him from continuing his... read more

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